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Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

Tolstoy

by Henri Troyat

“This . . . biography of him is the fullest, most objective, and the liveliest . . . the story of his life reads like a novel.” –Raymond Mortimer, The Sunday Times (London)

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 768
  • Publication Date February 13, 2001
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-3768-5
  • Dimensions 6" x 9"
  • US List Price $19.95

About The Book

In this definitive portrait of one of the greatest novelists of all time, Leo Tolstoy embodies the most extraordinary contradictions. He was a wealthy aristocrat who preached the virtues of poverty and the peasant life, a misogynist who wrote Anna Karenina, and a supreme writer who declared: “Literature is rubbish.” Yet his titanic personality and the astonishing range of his talents and interests made him, as an author and as a strange self-proclaimed prophet, one of the undisputed literary giants of the nineteenth century. From his famously bad marriage to his enormously successful career, Troyat presents a brilliant portrait that reads like an epic novel written by Tolstoy himself.

Praise

“Magnificent . . . Troyat would have to be invented if he did not exist as an ideal biographer.”—Sunday Telegraph

“This . . . biography of him is the fullest, most objective, and the liveliest . . . the story of his life reads like a novel.”—Raymond Mortimer, The Sunday Times (London)

“[Troyat] follows Tolstoy’s conscious hypocrisies and swerving sense of mission with extraordinary intelligence and sympathy.”—The Times (London)